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Who’s Who: Darin Roche

Who’s Who: Darin RocheBy Mike Butler We all know someone with red hair! At least, we should! I’ve been fortunate to not only sprinkle my friendship circle with gingers but I also am the proud husband of a pretty stunning redhead, if you’ve ever seen him. With the holidays coming up, I have found the perfect gifts for my redheaded hubby through a clothing company called Ginger Authentic Clothing! And in finding this company, I found its founder, Darin Roche. Take a read. Darin was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At the age of 16 he found himself…
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ArtCan Art Store Offers Expanded Selection in Time for the Holidays

ArtCan Art StoreBy Michaela Hayes Need a gift for the artist in your life? The Art Store at ArtCan has recently expanded its selections of supplies. Purchase a gift certificate for art materials or to take an art class with Ron Hayes. The Art Store now carries a varied selection of premium art supplies as well as many standard economical materials. We decided to rebuild the art store, expand the options and bring back the lines of products that artists were wanting. We are the only store in Nova Scotia to offer R&F handmade oil paint sticks. For watercolour paints…
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Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!

Mike’s Guide to Gifting: A Few Of My Favourite Things!By Mike Butler As I am writing this article (twinkly-eyed and giddy), it’s exactly one month until Christmas Day. Out of common sense and respect, I start my holiday cheer after November 11, and music and decorating after December 1, but I never shy away from thinking about the gifts and treats I’m going to pick up for my friends and family. If you know me, then you know Christmas is my favourite time of year! With so much at our disposal here in the Valley, I’ve compiled a little list…
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Sustainability over the Holidays

Sustainability over the HolidaysBy Connor CB-Lamontagne It’s that time of year again, the snow is beginning to fall (and melt again), university students are busy with final papers and projects, homeowners are getting ready for winter, and everyone is beginning to think about the holiday season (except for retailers, they started shortly before Hallowe’en). With the holidays comes travel and food and holiday cheer, and stuff. Lots and lots of stuff. There are lots of things to think about at this time of year: what food to serve, what clothing to wear, what gifts to buy, and where to spend…
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Beer Market Open at Wolfville’s Church Brewing

Beer Market Open at Wolfville’s Church BrewingBy Phil Church Let there be beer! The Beer Market is now open daily 11am-11pm (except 9pm on Sunday) at The Church Brewing Company located at 329 Main Street in Wolfville. Inside the arched doorway you’ll be greeted by friendly and knowledgeable staff, an array of branded merchandise proudly emblazoned with The Church logo as well as its home (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) and you guessed it, beer brewed right on site. Featured are many items made locally at Stanfield’s in Truro, Nova Scotia, including hoodies and T-shirts in a variety of colours and sizes…
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Cadance Academy’s 14th Nutcracker Sure to Warm Hearts

Cadance Academy’s 14th Nutcracker Sure to Warm HeartsSubmitted It’s hard to believe that this year marks the 14th year that Cadance Academy has brought its annual production of The Nutcracker to the Festival Theatre, and because of all of that experience putting on the show, you can be sure that it will be a performance that will fill you with holiday joy. Cadance Academy Director Gaea Jess is proud of how the show has evolved over the years. “It’s really amazing to be a part of this. Each year, there’s something new to see, whether it be new characters that…
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Christmas Artisan Market at the Kentville Library

Christmas Artisan Market at the Kentville Library Dating back centuries, the month-long Christmas Markets from London to Budapest are legendary. This year the Kentville library travels to old world Europe for a one-day festive Christmas Artisan Market. Set in a historic building, the library will present artisans from the surrounding community. A local musician will set the atmosphere with live cello music. Shop your gift list from a host of local artists who make beautiful one-of-a-kind artwork, photography, jewelry, fibre art, culinary delights, pottery, and more. Some of the goodies on offer include Irish cheesecakes, eggnog cookies, tarte Tatin, and…
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In With the New

In With the New When you are planning for holiday gift buying or entertaining, why not try one of these new businesses in the Valley? Studio Philippe Goldsmith, 468 Main Street, WolfvilleObscured by scaffolding for a few months, Studio Philippe Goldsmith is now out in the open, and ready for customers! The shop offers a collection of fine designer jewellery items, made on site. Their gemstones are ethically sourced, and their metalsmithing and diamonds are from recycled or reclaimed sources.facebook.com/studiophilippegoldsmith Two Hearts General Store, 416 Main Street, WolfvilleOne of the newest members of the Wolfville business community is Two Hearts…
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7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” Fundraiser Is Ready To Go

7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” Fundraiser Is Ready To Go The 7th Annual “The Stockings Were Hung” community fundraiser is underway. Donna Conrad and her team at RE/MAX Advantage in Kentville are excited to lead this project again, which they started in 2013. “The Stockings Were Hung” is a collaborative effort of local businesses, service and community groups, sports teams, and families. Its purpose is mainly to collect items to fill Christmas stockings for local youth (from primary to grade 12) and their families. Toys are also donated, and this year the stocking project has grown to incorporate some…
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Mike Uncorked: L’Arche’s Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair Celebrates 20th Year!

Mike Uncorked:L’Arche’s Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair Celebrates 20th Year!By Mike Butler In my close to eleven years of writing for The Grapevine, I can’t believe I’ve never featured the Applewicks Christmas Craft Fair! This floors me because L’Arche (and the amazing folks who work there) and Christmas are two of my favourite things! I had the pleasure of chatting with the handsome Greg Brown, Program Leader for Applewicks for almost two years now, and he filled me in on the fun things happening there and all the glitz and glamour of the upcoming craft fair. “Applewicks is the work-based program…
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